Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18
Reconciled to God Once, we were strangers to God, and sin separated us from Him. Through Christ, we have been brought together as friends for all eternity.
This promise comes right after the powerful verse where Paul tells us we are new creatures in Christ.
You might notice the word “reconcile” in this promise. It is not a word we use very often. It means to bring together or to change thoroughly.
It’s the picture of two enemies becoming friends.
Friends With God God has reconciled us to Himself. Because of His love, He took the first step in reconciliation. Through Jesus Christ, although we were once enemies, we are now friends of God.
Reconciliation is not just salvation. It is not only having your sin forgiven (although that would be enough), but it is a complete relationship change. So many Christians know their sins are forgiven but aren’t living in the new relationship reconciliation brings. They don’t see that they have moved from being an enemy of God to His close friend.
You are now God’s friend, and He is now your friend.
Reconciliation also has to do with impartation. When Christ was on the cross, He took on your sin. When He rose from the grave, He placed His righteousness on you. You are reconciled with God because He removed your sin and placed His righteousness on you.
Since you are a new creature and have the righteousness of Christ in you, God calls you to a minister of reconciliation. The heart of evangelism is to bring your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to God.
As you mature in your walk with God, you grow more and more like Christ. The more you are like Christ, the more you have a heart for reconciling others to God. You really can’t be walking in the power of Christ and not have a desire for those around you to become friends of God.
Look at that promise again.
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.– 2 Corinthians 5:18
Make these confessions.
My faith has reconciled me to God.
My sins are forgiven and removed.
Jesus placed His righteousness on me.
God gives me the ministry of bringing others into a relationship with Him.
In Jesus’ name,
As a new creation, who is now a friend of God, you have the opportunity to point others to the love of Christ. You have the ministry of reconciling others to God.
Thanks for listening to The Daily Promise. My prayer is that this program will be a continual encouragement to you and will build your faith. It is such a blessing to bring you God’s Word each day. Tomorrow is review day, and I hope you will join me as we review the promises we learned this week.
If Jesus has reconciled you to God, put an “I Am” in the comments section?
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